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    Using 32% less electricity than my most efficient neighbors

    Our local electricity provider has a graphic on their website, indicating how your usage compares to your neighbors. Just logged on today to check my new bill amount and saw my usage is 32% less than my most efficient neighbors. I used 115 kWh last month. "Most efficient neighbors" used 169 kWh. I live alone.

    My usage details: I have an electric stove and clothes dryer. Water heater and furnace are natural gas. All lightbulbs but one are LED or compact fluorescent. Computer is a MacBook laptop. I have a smaller (20" something) LED flat screen TV. No DVD player, home theater system, big stereo system. Dishwasher gets run 1-3 times a week, depending on how much cooking I've been doing. All appliances are 7 years old or newer. Monthly budget plan payment is $35 (just went up, was $30).

    Just thought it was really interesting to see that.

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    Just checked my usage. I think that you have an apartment, don't you? My 1300 sq ft house usage is 217 Kwh with air exchanger but little else to make it that much higher. I have gas for heat and hot water and line-dry or air-dry my laundry. It is interesting. Wonder what the difference might be?
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    I rent a small 1BR condo.

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    I am high then at 388 kwh last month, and that's with moderate weather. In winter the furnace blowers run although my heat is oil and in summer a room air conditioner, two if temps get into the triple digits. My kid loves everything electronic though.

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    Tradd, We get that comparison and it says on ours the 100 houses near us...we are out in the country so 100 houses is a large area. Our next door neighbor uses little to no electricity, a house two lots over was vacant for 2 years, so I don't pay much attention to it.

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    nswef, I am in a condo complex of 300 units, mixed 1BR single floor, 2BR single floor, and a smaller number of 2 floor 1 BR. Across the street are 2 8-story buildings with 2BR condos. On the road behind us are a number of condo/apartment complexes. So a lot of neighbors very close.

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    I like to leave the back door open while the air conditioning Is on. So no, we dont use minimal energy.Recently DH reported that our useage was quite a bit higher than neighbors, so he must have been looking at that same information on our bill.

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